Saturday, March 19, 2011

Peanut Butter Fudge



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a wonderful recipe to have on hand when you've promised to contribute something to a bake sale and are running short of time. The recipe was developed by Alton Brown and it's a winner on several level, the most important being taste. The fudge is delicious. It is also extremely easy to make and can be prepared with peanut butter or Nutella. When things are this simple, there is one thing you should keep in mind. If you love to experiment, this is not the recipe for you. Measurements, especially the one for confectioners' sugar, needs be exact and you'll have a tragedy on your hands if you venture too far from the weights and measures listed in the ingredients list. It really is necessary to weigh the sugar or buy a pre-measured 1-pound box. In either case, the sugar should be sifted to eliminate lumps. The recipe is misleading in some respects. It uses words like pour, when scrape and pat are more appropriate and it neglects to tell you the paper used to line the pan must be buttered. The mixture is very hard to work with a spoon. I found there is a point at which it becomes easier to mix with immaculately clean, ringless hands and keep that your little secret. I certainly promise not to tell. This has proved to be an extremely popular recipe at the Food Network. Hundreds of people have made the fudge and you can read their comments here. Some of the responders have used soft margarine to achieve a candy with a softer fudge texture. The basic recipe produces 1-inch squares of fudge-like candy. I've found that the candy has enough body to be formed into balls which can then be rolled in chopped salted peanuts. The batch I made today was heading to a bake sale, so I stuck with the classic cube shape. I obviously prefer the peanut butter fudge balls. I hope you'll check the comments regarding this treat over at the Food Network. Here's the recipe.

Peanut Butter Fudge...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Alton Brown

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, plus more for greasing pan
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound powdered sugar

Directions:

Microwave butter and peanut butter for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar to peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Pour into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with waxed paper. Place a second piece of waxed paper on the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a week. Yield: 64 1-inch pieces.

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69 comments:

Hazel said...

Oh what a wonderful treat! Where was this bake sale?! I want some! Although I am intrigued by you saying it's easy to make!

JG said...

Peanut Butter Fudge! I was thinking about it today and now I have your recipe. :) Yummy!
~Judy

The Words Crafter said...

Oh my gosh, my mom used to make this all the time!!!! I don't like peanut butter cookies, but I could eat the fudge until I exploded, lol.

Since I don't have a copy of her recipe, I'm thrilled to have this one, thanks :)

Have a great weekend!

yummychunklet said...

This looks really delicious! When Fannie May candy stores were more prevalent in Chicago, I would always get a piece of maple nut fudge. I may have to tweak this recipe to get my fix! Great post!

Meg Johnston said...

That sounds so good and so easy! I bet it'd be great dipped in chocolate!

Ginny said...

This looks wonderful, and is a double treat!! I just gave my granddaughter a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich for lunch!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...The fudge looks yummy...I liked the write up too...you have clearly mentioned all the dos and donts...Thanks for sharing...

FunWidFud

Jeannie said...

Very sinful treat...looks wonderful, bet it'll be a sold out item at the bake sale:)

Red Nomad OZ said...

Oh dear. 3 of my favourite words in one title ... !! Who needs a waistline, anyway!!!

alison said...

i will try your fudge recipe soond,i love it!:)

Chele said...

I'm pretty sure that if I made this fudge for my Husband he would ask me to marry him all over again!! Super star of a recipe.

Hovkonditorn said...

I love fudge :) Thanks for sharing the recipe and for the useful tips. Have a great day!

TLN said...

Oh my...PB fudge dipped in chocolate (hooray Meg hehe)...heaven. :)

CaThY said...

Wow, this is simply yummy! Easy to prepare too. Though sinful, but I heart! Hehehe ;)

Three-Cookies said...

Recipes so simple can be very dangerous if we cannot control our wilpower:)






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey,

Amazing little cuties of peanut butter fudge...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Duncan D. Horne said...

My wife and daughter adore peanut butter! This looks delicious :)

Alessandra said...

One day I will try to make peanut butter fudge... and maybe add a little nutella :-)

Have a good week-end

ciao

Alessandra

Alessandra said...

One day I will try to make peanut butter fudge... and maybe add a little nutella :-)

Have a good week-end

ciao

Alessandra

A Busy Nest said...

I told myself at Christmas to make fudge year round not just during the holidays. I may have to try this soon!

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

OMG, I just feel like grabbing some over! :D

From the Kitchen said...

I'm happy to be back online in time for this. Is it o.k. to make it if there's no bake sale involved?

Best,
Bonnie

nanny said...

Sounds easy and looks great!
I made my first peanut butter balls recently and they were pretty tasty.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

This sounds like I could actually make this! It looks so good!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Nice treat. Next time my kids have a bake sale, I think I will make some fudge.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Where is that bake sale? hee hee Hope you have a wonderful Satureday, Mary! Blessings ~ Tanna

Kim said...

I love this recipe Mary. Sounds and looks delicious. Have a good day!

Danielle said...

I cant wait to try this!

Danielle

Rita said...

My grandson's favourite fudge; thank you for sharing this Easy recipe.
Rita

Big Dude said...

In my youth, this may have been my favorite sweet treat.

Pondside said...

I have never had much luck in making fudge, so I am always a good bake sale customer, hunting for the butterscotch fudge on the tables. I will try this if I can find a one pound bag of sugar.....or I'll have to get a scale.(but perhaps it's about time!)

Suman Singh said...

What a easy and delicious recipe..looks YUM!

What's next said...

This may be our weekend treat! Thanks.

Barbara said...

I haven't made fudge since the kids were little. Although my dad loved it...his favorite was penuche. My kids would love the peanut butter!

Ana Rita said...

OMG Mary!!
I just loved today's recipe...
So easy to make and so yummmyyyyy....
I 'll give it a try as soon as i buy peannut butter, that run out.

Kisses and have a lovelly weekend,
Rita

Clint said...

Looks absolutely fantastic. The problem I have with fudge is that I can't stop eating it once I start. Thanks, Mary!

lena said...

i didnt know that such simple steps to make these fantastic looking fudge! thanks for the recipe!

Jenn said...

Ooohhh.. I have made this same recipe before..it's sooooo good! Creamy and delicious! Yours looks wonderful, Mary!

sally said...

I love that this recipe combines to of my favorite things--peanut butter and fudge!

Parsley Sage said...

My Gramma used to make peanut butter fudge for me and for my entire childhood it was my candy of choice. She also liked to ball it and coat it in chocolate. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Although, I'm sure it will never taste as good as Gramma P's. :)

By the way I've given you an award over at Deep Dish today. Thanks for being an awesome blog.

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, I love peanut butter...turn it into fudge and I love peanut butter fudge...Have a wonderful weekend...Blessings, Catherine

Mamatkamal said...

Peanut Butter Fudge, never tried this before! It sounds so delicious and thanks for the recipe. Lovely post!
Have a great evening Mary!

Tasha said...

This would be such a great recipe to hang on for the holidays. For my cookie/sweets trays, I always love to include something with peanut butter and like to have at least one or two recipes that come together quickly. This would be a perfect additon!

Chiara said...

This looks really delicious
Mary!It'a lovely treat, thanks for sharing, a hug....

Joanne said...

I have a bake sale I need to make something for and this is the perfect recipe!

Kath said...

Question....can you use natural peanut butter, like Adams, or do you need to use something like Jif or Skippy? I know it makes a difference in some recipes.

Your fudge looks delicious! Thanks for all of the helpful hints in the introduction, too.

Priya said...

Prefect fudge for my sweet tooth..yumm!

Rachel Cotterill said...

I could devour a piece of that right now! Though you've seen straight through me, I'm one of life's natural experiementers... ;)

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I am wondering if anyone has ever tried 1/2 peanut butter and 1/2 nutella. Thanks for the heads up on the exact measuring. I am kind of a through things in cook.

Fondly,
Glenda

Katie said...

I looove peanut butter. This looks incredible...but a bit dangerous, too!

Carol said...

I made this after I read your post. It is a terrific recipe. Mister loves it and I also took some to the in laws to help me not eat ALL of it!
I think this would make an excellent filling for chocolate covered Easter eggs.
Thank you!

Claudia said...

Fudge has never been a strong point of mine and I love it (and really love the idea of the Nutella fudge. I will be checking out the comments and see if I can get a grip on this (although your advice is so sound - I probably could just take it from here.)

pigpigscorner said...

YUM! I've tried quite a few Alton's recipe and they were all delicious.<3 him!

Design Wine and Dine said...

This is my kind of baking! This fudge looks wonderful! I like peanut butter everything - good to know NOT to stray from the recipe - Alton IS a scientist/chemist after all - he knows his measurments!!!

That Girl said...

Alton Brown is my go-to guy for a lot of recipes.

Miri Leigh said...

This fudge looks DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing!

Buttercup said...

I'm glad I'm seeing this virtually...definitely could add some pounds. Would like to try this with Nutella. Looks yummy!

Wendy Irene said...

Anything with peanut butter in it is a winner to me! I love how this recipe is simple and does not require many ingredients. This is one I need to keep in mind in the future when I am looking to whip up a fast treat. I hope you are having a beautiful Saturday!

Maria said...

Even the name of this dish sounds too delicious and I bet it was exactly that! Looks fantastic Mary!

Elaine said...

As much as I love peanut butter, I don't think I have ever had peanut butter fudge. Looks good and perfect for a bake sale.

bellini valli said...

Peanut butter fudge would be fantastic Mary, but what stood out for me is that you can use Nutella which to me would be outstanding!

The Newlywed Chefs said...

Mary- your comment on our blog made our hearts melt! What sweet words. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Your blog is awesome, and this peanut butter fudge recipe looks amazing! Take care, friend!

Lynda said...

I love peanut butter fudge, and this recipe does sound easy. My fudge has to be cooked, so I don't make it often. So
I'm bookmarking it for my next craving!
Have a wonderful weekend Mary.

Monet said...

What a simple yet decadent recipe. I want a piece! Thankfully, this is easy enough that I can whip up a batch tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your creativity with me! I hope you have a blessed Sunday. You make me smile :-)

Emma said...

Oh yum, I love fudge especially pb flavoured. I can't be trusted around it as I generally eat it until I feel sick tbh!

dawn said...

i have been looking for a peanut butter fudge recipe. thanks for posting this!

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

Thanks for linking to our recipe! This version looks delicious too, and even more peanut-buttery! :)

- Maggie

Bossy Chef said...

I LOOOOOVE peanut butter fudge... what a great quick recipe. I will have to try this out this week. Thank you.

Laural (bhealthier) said...

ok - I have ALL of these ingredients so this is a definite on me attempting BUT I'm traveling all week for work so I won't be in town to cook!

can't wait to try it, need to bookmark this!

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